Tuesday, September 2, 2014

This is about AIDS

The second of September, and I'm talking about AIDS?  That usually only happens on December 1st or possibly just before AIDS Walk.  Well, not here.  AIDS doesn't only exist on December 1st!  AIDS is with us every single day and that means we should be aware every day and should be doing something.
 
If you were born after 1980, you have grown up in a world where AIDS exists and don't remember those days before it was part of life.  For those of you who are forty or older though, you may be longing for that pre-AIDS time.  Well, research is part of what is needed and education too.  Aide to those living with HIV and AIDS is also important.  There isn't a lot of talk, like there was twenty years ago.  It's almost as if people have forgotten. 
 
Yesterday was an unusual day for me.  Someone stopped me on the street and asked if I would participate in a sex survey.  I did.  Afterward we chatted for a few minutes about the various AIDS organizations and about the lack of basic information that so many have.  We also talked about the importance of knowing your status.
 
Awareness. That's what it all comes down to - awareness.  We are need to be more aware and to work for the day when our world will be AIDS free.

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